05.05.2015 - 20.09.2015
RODIN IN MEŠTROVIĆ’S ZAGREB
5th May - 20th September 2015
The exhibition Rodin in Meštrović’s Zagreb is open in the Art Pavilion on May 5, 2015. This is an exhibition at which the famed sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is presented with some ninety works, among which are the most emblematic, like the masterpieces The Thinker, The Kiss, The Gates of Hell and The Bronze Age.
The exhibition is one of the cultural events taking place within the framework of Rendez-vous, the Festival of French Culture in Croatia in 2015. In this presentation, France is returning the visit of the successful first presentation of Croatian culture and art in the French Republic in 2012/2013, Croatie, la voici.
During the Festival of Croatian Culture in France, an exhibition of the sculptures of Ivan Meštrović was mounted in the Rodin Museum/ Musée Rodin in Paris; now France is presenting itself in Croatia with a Rodin exhibition. As well as in Zagreb, the works of Rodin are exhibited in Split, where, on May 8, 2015, the Meštrović Gallery opened an exhibition entitled Rodin’s Meditation in Split, at which the sculpture Meditation – The Inner Voice is presented.
The exhibition project in the Art Pavilion in Zagreb has been devised by Catherine Chevillot, director of the Rodin Museum in Paris and Andro Krstulović Opara, director of the Ivan Meštrović Museums. Curators are Veronique Mattiusi (Rodin Museum) and Barbara Vujanović (Meštrović Studio), who have also written the essays in the catalogue. The exhibition design is by Andro Krstulović Opara and the director of the Art Pavilion Jasminka Poklečki Stošić.
The Rodin exhibition conceived expressly for the Art Pavilion in Zagreb covers ninety works and emphasise the fertile and vigorous collaboration of Meštrović and Rodin, their mutual friendship and appreciation. As well as works in bronze, plaster and stone, and some score of drawings, historical photographs are shown, including those of the art photographer Eugène Druet, who photographed Meštrović ’s works while he was working in Paris. Composer Olja Jelaska, winner of the Vladimir Nazor Prize composed the suite Rodin’s Meditation, performed at the vernissage.
The works of Auguste Rodina have been shown once already in Zagreb, in 1968, also in the Art Pavilion in Zagreb, at an exhibition designed by Cecile Goldscheider, the then director of the Rodin Museum, and the manager of the Zagreb Meštrović Studio, Vesna Barbić.
Copyright na sve fotografije: Muzej Rodin, Pariz
Photos can be downloaded here.